Halloween from Spooky to Happy I can’t remember the last time I missed a trick-or-treat night. Having children ranging from age 28 all the way down to seven, and if I include my own childhood, well, I’ve rarely missed a trick or treat night. To be perfectly frank, I gave birth to my third child on Oct. 26, and I was sure to take my first two children out for their trick-or-treat the day I was released from the hospital. I may not have moved as quickly as they would have liked, but I wasn’t missing out on their exciting night. My brother and his wife came to Wheeling this past weekend with their sons. We took my nephews and my youngest daughter to Boo at the Zoo at Oglebay Park. The excitement is one thing that never changes and brings back happy memories of each and every Halloween. Some of these were fairly warm evenings and some we battled the snow, but all of them ended up being a memories that have not gone forgotten. As a child growing up, we always made our own costumes. In general, we would be witches, vampires, the standard ghouls and goblins. Now that there are so many options from the local stores and websites, every child can be just about whoever they want to be and get to walk in the shoes of some of their favorite characters for a day. My youngest daughter has never wanted to be anything scary. She usually chooses a Disney Princess of some sort, and this year it was Ariel from The Little Mermaid. My nephews, chose superheroes and their little outfits had built in muscles. The costumes we saw throughout the park were amazing. Walking around the zoo on the chilly Saturday afternoon was such a delightful experience. They proudly showed their costumes. Both of the boys had a little bit of the superhero personality of the character they adorned, and my daughter showed off her best Ariel singing voice, to whomever would listen, to go along with each “trick-or-treat” and “thank you” that came from her mouth. The older children, of course, are planning on Fright Night at Kennywood Park and the Wells Township Haunted House. I enjoy a good scare, but nothing can beat the sparkle on the faces of the children when they come to life as a character they admire. Whether you choose a happy Halloween or a spooky one, may you all have a safe journey through the mysterious evening.